Friday, February 17, 2006

Return of the Orange Crayon... Sort Of

When I was a little kid, maybe 8 years old, there was an unfortunate incident involving an orange crayon. Essentially, there was an orange crayon in the pocket of one of my pairs of pants. This orange crayon somehow slipped through my mother’s pre-laundry pocket inspection program. So, into the wash went the pants with the orange crayon. This orange crayon then made its way to the dryer. So… You can imagine what a melted orange crayon can do to a load of laundry. My mother was just a little upset.

Well, a few days ago our washer went on the fritz. A repair guy came out. He found a pen. This pen had gotten wedged in some mechanism in the washer. This renegade pen was expensive. It ended up being close to $200 for this guy to come out, dismantle the washer, say “here’s your problem”, and put it all back together.

Check your pockets people!

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Blogger M said ... (2:25 PM) : 

I did the same...twice.

Once with a stick of chapstick that left greasy stains on every khaki item of clothing I owned.

Previous to that, with a different machine, I washed clothes that had accidentally been doused with diesel fuel...which NEVER, EVER comes out of a washing machine (which meant we had to go buy a new one). So, to add to the caution, don't wash oil based products in a washing machine. (And if you spill diesel fuel on your clothes, just go ahead and burn them.)


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